Mogull leaves Gartner

Mogull leaves Gartner

Summary: Rich Mogull, one of the more prominent analysts covering the hacker/security space, is leaving Gartner Research to take a stab at private consulting.

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Mogull leaving GartnerRich Mogull, one of the more prominent analysts covering the hacker/security space, is leaving Gartner Research to take a stab at private consulting.

Mogull (left), a research vice president in Gartner's Information Security and Risk practice, is leaving on August 24th to pursue independent consulting gigs that fall outside of a non-compete agreement.

He also plans to resume blogging about Internet/computer security issues at Securoris.com. Earlier this year, Gartner barred all its analysts from private blogging about the topics they covered, a move that forced Mogull and others to cut back on private commentary.

Mogull is the second high-profile security analyst to leave Gartner in recent times, following Amrit Williams, who joined BigFix as chief technology officer.

Topics: CXO, IT Priorities

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  • Big loss for Gartner

    Rich is an excellent analyst and well respected by his peers and clients.
    maurene.grey9
  • Rule of Thumb

    It appears that when a fortune 500 CEO decides security is important it is because without that security the CEO might wind up like the CEO of Enron or of WorldCom.

    Hence it is not just security from hackers but the appearance of security and the ability to catch wrong-doers within.

    When the CEO is defending himself against government efforts to jail him there can be little cost saving compromise. This translates into systems that are based on Oracle and Solaris rather than on Microsoft or on Open Source.

    At least that is the hypothesis I am working on.

    Why is it that Sun can give so much away free? Why is it that Oracle dominates in the database space?

    CEOs from the fortune 500 companies go to these two firms with wallets open because of security. Security for them that they can, if needed prove that they personally are not a wrong doer.

    I happen to know that Gartner's former analyst on security was telling clients that Microsoft SQL Server could REPLACE Oracle in non fortune 500 shops. Scalability is not an issue for many of those shops but the same issues of security exist for the CEO. It is one thing to recommend that a Microsoft product may temporarily suffice. It is quite another to recommend replacement of the standard.
    mighetto